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Freescale announces VaST virtual models

Posted: 29 Sep 2008     Print Version  Bookmark and Share

Keywords:VaST Systems  Power Architecture microcontroller  virtual prototypes  modelling solutions 

Freescale Semiconductor has expanded its development ecosystem to include virtual prototypes for its automotive Power Architecture microcontroller portfolio using modelling technology from VaST Systems. These virtual prototypes will enable automotive developers to tackle growing software intricacies and speed their time to market.

VaST Systems technology enables high cycle count accuracy, fast simulation speed and the functional accuracy required by many electronic control unit (ECU) suppliers. These automotive system suppliers use simulation and modelling strategies as an effective substitute for the target hardware.

The 32bit MCU architecture for automotive powertrain management systems, Power Architecture technology offers developers the combined benefits of cost-effective performance, advanced features and functionality, and extensive third-party tool support that now includes virtual system prototypes (VSPs).

VSPs are available for Freescale's MPC5554, MPC5566, and MPC5565 Power Architecture MCUs. These modelling solutions are built on VaST Systems' Virtual Processor Models (VPMs) for the e200Z6 core and the enhanced timer processing unit (eTPU). The solutions also are integrated with System C based peripheral models to help ensure a virtual replication of the specific device. Using traditional tools, compilers, debuggers and integrated development environments (IDEs), powertrain system engineers can work with virtual hardware to develop software, test/validation suites and perform system architecture analysis before receiving silicon samples.

Freescale plans to add model availability to select current and future 32bit MCU products for advanced safety, body electronics and next-generation powertrain applications.

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